SOUTH HERO DEVELOPMENT REVIEW BOARD MIUTES September 28, 2022
Members Present: Tim Maxham (Chair); Doug Patterson (Vice-Chair); Sherry Corbin (Alternate); Nate Hayward; Mike Welch; Ellie Reid (Alternate, via Zoom).
Others Present: Ross Brown; John Beaulac; Michael and Beth Hopwood (via Zoom); Martha Taylor-Varney (ZA).
7PM – Vice Chair Doug Patterson opened the meeting.
Changes to the Agenda
There were none.
There was no public input.
Setback Waiver to Build Within the Side Setback – Michael and Beth Hopwood (2-13-SB031)
- Maxham was not in attendance for this hearing. Vice-Chair D. Patterson opened the hearing at 7:04PM.
The Applicants propose to add stairs and a landing to the road-facing side of their pre-existing, non-conforming lakefront seasonal home. The 50-ft. wide lot has no conforming space. The additional 20sf of landing and stairs will access a new door that will replace an existing door accessed from a deck at the corner of the home. That deck will remain but will be accessed from outside only. The addition of the new stairs and landing will not be within the road and lake setback but will remain within the side setbacks, due to the width of the lot. Neighbors on each side (Ginnie Randlett and Linda Fishell) each submitted emails in approval of the addition.
- Patterson closed the hearing at 7:15PM.
Continue Conditional Use/Site Plan Review for a Municipal Structure – Town of South Hero (3-05-HR012)
- Maxham recused himself from this hearing. Vice-Chair D. Patterson re-opened the hearing at 7:18PM.
The Board received the updated site plan at the hearing. South Hero Road Supervisor John Beaulac explained to the board that 5500sf of soils in the garage parking area, where the sand/salt mixture has been stored outside for years, will be removed then replaced with pervious crushed stone. This reduction in impervious area on the parcel will allow the garage roof to have larger overhangs and an expanded concrete apron without the requirement for a stormwater plan. The proposed roof overhang on the 80’x100’ garage is 4’ for the south and east sides, and 2’ for the north and west sides. The apron dimensions are 80’x40’. Jay Buermann of Buermann Engineering told the zoning administrator that sheet flow from the roof will move runoff from the structure. The depth of the concrete apron will be expanded from 30’ to 40’. The center salt shed walls will be 24’ (12’ concrete; 12’ wood), tapering to a 14-ft. outside wooden wall with an enclosed storage bay on the north side and an overhang bay on the east side. The north bay will have an overhead door on the east end and possibly on the west end. The south bay will remain open. The south concrete wall of the salt shed will extend to the end of the 40-ft. apron to partially enclose that end for mixing the sand and salt.
It was recommended that the proposed trees shown on the site plan immediately east of the salt shedl be replaced by a 6-ft. fence to better block headlights onto the Smith property (RT282). A chain link fence with woven screening is being considered. Should there be additional fencing to help screen the new building from RT 2 – perhaps arborvitae? Should there be a gate at the entrance to the salt shed driveway?
No running water is planned for the new structure. Lighting will be on the east end of the shed and inside. Motion detector lights will be on the east end. There was discussion whether there will need to be a State engineer/architect to help design the building as a requirement for a State building permit.
The Army Corps of Engineers permit states that site construction must start by Dec. 6, 2022 and must be completed by Dec. 6, 2023. This does not include the construction of the salt shed, just the site work.
Vice-Chair D. Patterson closed the hearing at 7:59PM.
Tim Maxham rejoined the Board
- Maxham reported t the Board that he and ZA Martha Taylor-Varney had done a final walkthrough at Bayview Crossing prior to issuing a Certificate of Occupancy. All conditions of the DRB’s decision have been met. A few outside projects related t the site plan may not be done until spring. The first residents are scheduled to begin moving in on Monday, October 3rd.
Review of Minutes
- Kilcoyne moved to accept the minutes of September 14, 2022; S. Corbin second. All in favor.
- There are no hearings scheduled for October 12. That meeting will be a short business meeting and deliberations for the September 28 hearings.
- The ZA will be out of the office from October 24 through October 31.
8:17PM — M. Welch moved to adjourn; N. Hayward second. All in favor.
Martha Taylor-Varney, ZA
Signed: _________________________________________ Date: _________________________
For the Development Review Board
These minutes are unofficial until approved at the next regularly scheduled meeting. All motions were unanimous unless otherwise indicated.